ELS was contracted by Kitsap Public Utility District #1 (Kitsap PUD) to conduct a preliminary critical areas identification for the Well #6 transmission line replacement. The project was proposed through an existing easement across the Lovgreen Pit on Bainbridge Island. Wetlands were present on much of the pit and there were streams leaving the wetlands that flowed along the east pit entrance and into Manzanita Creek per the City of Bainbridge Island Critical Areas Map. These streams were identified as wetlands. ELS recommended directional drilling methods in order to avoid direct impact to the wetland or streams which also required fewer permitting issues. ELS completed multiple wetland delineations with a follow up report that showed the wetland categorization, required buffers, and recommendations on how to continue with the project.